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Old 23rd December 2013, 11:36 AM   #1
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Default So many DAC projects - which to choose for 2014?

A call for help from those of us who have been trying to follow all the different DAC builds and have got lost somewhere between posts 130 and 256, i.e. where we get down to details rather than the big picture.

Situation - want a new DAC for 2014 which is better than current HiFiMe ES9023 with battery supply. Should be a ready built board. It will need USB integrated or add-on to connect to a Mac. Building a case and PSU not a problem.

Which project to go for? What is YOUR personal choice of a DAC for 2014? A seriously better quality DAC?

I'd like to know your personal choices - what would you choose out of all the current crop of projects? Could be something off ebay or a supplier like Twisted Pair or a DIY group project. And some idea of why it's a good one would be really useful too.
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Old 23rd December 2013, 12:06 PM   #2
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if you want musicality warm and listening friendly ,then i will vote for Doede pcm1794 nos dac ,i have had other pcm1704 and 1794 diy dac ,,who sound quite different,,,but i will prefer Doedes
maybe a question off taste,,,
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I plan to release a variant of my "Ozone' DAC into the wild some time in 2014, too early to say when.

Some of the (rather quirky) features -

Multibit chips in differential mode, no oversampling 44/16 only but with droop correction for flatter HF response
LC passive filter for improved dynamics and reduction of out-of-band energy
On board DC controlled volume - can be remoted.
S/PDIF input only - undecided if RCA or Toslink yet.
Low power requirement - single 6.5V, around 300mA maximum so can run from USB bus power with off-board boost module.
Output can drive low impedance headphones direct

I'm aiming for it be fairly cheap but as I'm only designing it I won't be setting the price just the BOM

Comments, feature suggestions welcome.
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Old 23rd December 2013, 02:13 PM   #4
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I would say - the best :-)

These are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.
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